Lorde: "Truly Sorry" & Cancels Concert in Tel Aviv


The organizers of global pop star Lorde's planned concert in Israel have announced that her performance scheduled for June has been canceled.

Kiwi pop star Lorde has reportedly cancelled plans to perform in Israel amid a backlash from Palestinian rights campaigners.

The "Royals" hitmaker has been warned by Justine Sachs and Nadia Abu-Shanab, who are Jewish and Palestinian respectively, that simply playing in the city shows support for the Israeli government, who have been accused of enforcing a system of apartheid imposed on the Palestine people.

Ms Wakim said a sporting and cultural boycott had been very effective in South Africa and Palestinians faced a similar regime in Israel.

The letter was sent after American president Donald Trump's recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital, which sparked protests across the Middle East and beyond. The UN General Assembly also denounced the move.

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"I've received an overwhelming number of messages and letters and have had a lot of discussions with people holding many views, and I think the right decision at this time is to cancel the show", she said.

These boycotts are nothing new, with musician Elvis Costello having previously pulled out of a concert in Israel back in 2010.

This followed confirmation from the singer that she had seen this open letter posted in response to her announcing the concert... fans weren't all about it from the beginning.

The two women explained their efforts to put pressure on Israel by taking part in the BDS (boycott, divestment and sanctions) movement, which calls for the boycott of Israeli products and economic participation with Israel. Radiohead emphasised the point by treating Tel Aviv to its longest set in 10 years, to nearly 50,000 people.

Lorde, whose real name is Ella Marija Lani Yelich-O'Connor, was named as one of TIME's "16 most influential teens of 2013", having become an worldwide music success by the time she was 17 years old.